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Thrive in a Changing Tech Environment

Contemporary Information Technology (IT) managers are organizational leaders who bridge and integrate the worlds of business and IT. They engage business leaders in the ongoing and innovative application of information technologies that enable business success and have the skill sets to function in a complex discipline with many facets.

Build High-Level Skills

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MS ITM) program was designed by faculty with experience in leading-edge technologies to develop professionals suited for the top positions in the IT management field. The degree meets the needs of the modern management-level technology professional responsible for the planning, budgeting, design, integration, and deployment of strategic enterprise technologies and programs that contribute to the business organization's success.

International Students Welcome

International students are also eligible for up to $2,000 through the GGU International Welcome Scholarship. Students in the MS IT Management Cohort program will have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. GGU conducts weekly career seminars (but does not guarantee job placement). Learn more about being an international student at GGU.

Fits Your Real World

Part-time, self-paced, cohort and other learning options.

Students considered for admission to this program will have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in IT courses, or three years of substantial full time work experience in an IT department. A business/engineering manager with four years of experience whose job requires significant interaction with IT may also be considered.

The Master of Science in IT management requires completion of 33 units in the graduate program. Foundation program courses may be waived in accordance with university policy regarding course waivers. To facilitate scheduling, students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the foundation program, but must complete the foundation courses by the time that nine units have been earned in the advanced program.

The MS ITM curriculum is grounded in the four foundational components of IT: 1) software, 2) infrastructure, 3) network/communications, and 4) data. The program addresses these foundations from both a contemporary and forward-looking perspective. Instructors with current field experience at some of the Bay Area's top companies present courses that address the strategic application of the foundation while integrating emerging technologies, e.g. unstructured data analytics, cloud services, virtualization, mobile platforms, and social media. This program is a STEM-designated degree program.

TOTAL UNITS — 30

FOUNDATION PROGRAM — 3 UNITS (Not Included in Total Units)

The foundation program course should be completed or in-progress before enrolling in any of the 300-level advanced program courses.

MATH 240
Data Analysis for Managers

ADVANCED PROGRAM — 30 UNITS

Students must complete ITM 300 in the first six units of the program. ITM 300 is a co-requisite for the following courses: ITM 304, ITM 316, and ITM 318.

CORE COURSES — 24 UNITS
ITM 300
IT Management & Digital Transformation in the Business Enterprise
ITM 304
Managing Data Structures
ITM 316
Software Engineering Leadership
ITM 318
Network and Infrastructure Management
ITM 323
Security, Privacy, & Compliance
LEAD 300
Management and Leadership
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
PM 342
Agile Management for Project Manager
CAPSTONE COURSE — 3 UNITS

Select one of the following:

ITM 395
Strategic Information Technology Planning, Organization and Leadership
ITM 398
Internship: Information Technology Management
ELECTIVE COURSE — 3 UNITS

Select one of the following:

LEAD 304
Leading Complex Change
LEAD 305
Adaptive Decision Making

PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE

PROGRAM FORMATS

 

NON-COHORT

COHORT?

ELIGIBILITY
domestic or international students international students only
COURSE DELIVERY
in-person and / or online in-person, San Francisco 
PACE
self-paced fixed schedule
COURSE LOAD
part- or full-time full-time
COMPLETION TIME
at your own pace 12 months
ENROLLMENT
start any term fixed start (fall term)
STEM OPT DURATION
up to 36 months up to 36 months
OPT SUPPORT
N/A yes*

 

OPT SUPPORT

* Students in the MS IT Management International Cohort program will attend weekly career seminars and have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. Golden Gate University does not guarantee job placement.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students considered for admission to this program will have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in IT courses, or three years of substantial full time work experience in an IT department. A business/engineering manager with four years of experience whose job requires significant interaction with IT may also be considered.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program will be able to:
  • Explain the framework of the IT discipline, identifying both foundational and support organizations.
  • Participate in management level discussions that cross IT departmental lines.
  • Identify issues associated with each of the functional areas of IT and offer solutions.
  • Engage in planning and budgeting processes for each of the foundational components of IT.
  • Use their knowledge of IT organizations to break down barriers existing between IT silos in their work environment.
  • Engage their business community in meaningful dialogue regarding possible solutions to IT/business problems.
  • Integrate new and emerging technologies into each of the foundational components of IT.
  • Describe the processes of digital transformation and business re-engineering.
  • Explain modern software engineering approaches for minimum viable product, CI/CD, self-scaling and site reliability engineering.
  • Demonstrate ability lead and govern the routine operational management functions of IT including tools for PMP, ITIL, SLA monitoring, compliance audit, risk, and security management.
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